Valley to present ‘State Fair’ April 5-7


Valley to present ‘State Fair’ April 5-7


Becky Walz


Valley drama students will present "State Fair” Friday, April 5, through Sunday, April 7. The spring play, directed by Kent Bonte, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.  

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s only musical written directly for the screen is now a stage musical that has had critics raving from coast to coast.

Set against the colorful backdrop of an American heartland tradition, “State Fair” travels with the Frake family as they leave behind the routine of the farm for three days of adventure at the annual Iowa State Fair.

Mom and Pop have their hearts set on blue ribbons while their daughter and son find romance and heartbreak on the midway.

Set to the magical strains of an Academy Award-winning score and augmented by other titles from the Rodgers and Hammerstein songbook, “State Fair” is the kind of warm-hearted family entertainment only Rodgers and Hammerstein could deliver. 




Valley actors are busy preparing for upcoming performances of “State Fair” April 5-7. Cast members include (front, l-r) Dawn Thompson, Sydney Butikofer, Gabrielle Johnston, Cayley Hinton, Emily Britt, Shauna Kerr; (second row) Leah Reierson, Jessie Thompson, McKenna Lembke, Emily Amundson, Liz Roach, Carly Monroe, Jacqueline Fettkether, Natalie Fettkether; (third row) Val Butikofer, Janice Frieden, Maya Burke, Shauna Kerr, Geordan Hanson, Steven Williams, Kalleigh Fettkether; (back) Katy Appler, Mitchell Carlson, Noah Larson, Chris Torkelson, Dakota Moore, and Cody Opperman. (Stephanie Hermen photo) 



Gus (Mitchell Carlson) and Abel Frake (Steven Williams) work hard to move the water tank on the farm. The Valley actors will join a large cast Friday through Sunday, April 5-7, in presenting “State Fair.” (Stephanie Hermen photo)

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